Reverend A. Bayes
At Whitgift, fundraising for Charity is seen as a key part of a pupil's education and of their wider social development at School. We are not simply individuals, but members of Form groups, Houses, the wider School community, families, the local community and society at large. Learning to work with others and to develop a concern for the needs of society helps create mature people and our charity work reflects that. We strive to choose charities for which our support will really make a difference as well as those we feel most strongly reflect Whitgift values.
In the past Whitgift boys have raised money for two chosen charities, alternating between international and UK based organisations. This year we are adding a third Charity and will be supporting these over a longer three year cycle. This will help us to build up good relationships with the Charities and hopefully for the boys to get involved in their work as well as fundraising. Last year we raised £9,000, which was split between CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, and Mary's Meals. If you have an idea for a Charity that you would like the School to support, please let myself or one of the Charity Committee know.
This year, we are supporting the following charities:
The Magic Bus. Primarily based in India, working to enable some of the world’s poorest families to move out of poverty. Through their use of a mentoring model and sport-based curriculum, children are engaged in learning, and supported in their journey from childhood to livelihood, through better awareness, better life skills and better opportunities.
Bees for Development. Promotes sustainable beekeeping, in order to combat poverty and build maintainable, resilient livelihoods. The charity supports beekeepers worldwide to maintain environments that are good for bees, for biodiversity and for people.
Canine Partners. Provide assistance dogs which are trained to meet the needs of individuals with even the most complex physical disabilities. The charity currently help adults aged 18 and over (both civilians and former service personnel) who have a physical disability or condition that affects their daily life and limits their independence. They are a local charity and we hope to create opportunities for our pupils to help with their work as well as fundraising.
These are the Charity events that happen each year:
Sixth Form Community Work Scheme
As part of the Charity programme we also run a Sixth Form Community Project which can be used by pupils as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, or towards CAS requirements for the IB. This year we hope to extend this programme across the school and to encourage as many boys as possible to get involved.